Vocab Test 1

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  1. innumerable
    incapable of being counted 

    innumerable flags of all colors

    S:many, numberless

    A: few, limited
  2. Massive
    large and heavy looking 

    a massive rampart of stone

    S: big, colossal, great

    A: common, dwarfed, small
  3. loath
    unwilling; reluctant; disinclined; averse:

    'to be loath to admit a mistake.'

    S: afraid, hesitant, disinclined

    A: eager, ready, willing
  4. timorous
    Full of Fear, characterized by or indicating fear

    The noise made them timorous

    S: apprehensive, faint, hesitant

    A: bold, brazen, forthcoming
  5. prevarication
    the act of lying 

    Seeing the expression on his mother's face, Nathan realized this was no time for prevarication.

    S: dishonesty, falsehood, lie

    A: honesty, truth
  6. stringent
    rigorously binding or exacting; strict; severe:

    stringent laws.

    S: binding, demanding, stiff

    A: amenable, calm, easy
  7. reverence
    a feeling or attitude of deep respect tinged with awe; veneration.

    to pay reverence

    S: admiration, adoration, awe

    A: dishonor, disrespect, hate
  8. Palpable
    readily or plainly seen, heard, perceived, etc.; obvious; evident

    a palpable lie; palpable absurdity.

    S: apparent, certain, conspicuous

    A: ambiguous, concealed, doubtful 
  9. Transitory
    lasting only a short time; brief; short-lived; temporary. 

    Two legged walking in a chimp is an occasional, transitory behavior.

    S: momentary, transient, impermanent

    A: Lasting, Permanent, lengthy
  10. Stealthy
    done, characterized, or acting by stealth; furtive:

    stealthy footsteps.

    S: Crafty, catlike, cunning

    A: open. public
  11. terrestrial
    pertaining to, consisting of, or representing the earth as distinct from other planets.

    Its raw honesty, its dedication to marking life as it happens and remembering life as it was, makes it a terrestrial log.

    S: earthbound, global, mundane

    A: cosmic, heavenly, otherworldly
  12. Predominance 
    the state, condition, or quality of being predominant :

    the predominance of the rich over the poor.

    S: preponderance, command, control

    A: weakness, surrender, yielding
  13. wan
    of an unnatural or sickly pallor; pallid; lacking color:

    His wan face suddenly flushed.

    S: blanched, bleached, dim 

    A: Brushing, bright, clear
  14. pristine
    having its original purity; uncorrupted or unsullied.

    He was amazed at what people talked about and what they didn't, how clean their fingernails were, how pristine their routines.

    S: spotless, sterile, untouched

    A: affected, dirty
  15. balm
    anything that heals, soothes, or mitigates pain:

    the balm of friendship in troubled times.

    • S: lotion, potion, ointment
    • A: exacerbation, misery
  16. Clamorous
    vigorous in demands or complaints.

    They are a big reason people forsake the city's clamorous pleasures.

    S: uproarious, importunate, loud

    A: quiet
  17. augment
    to make larger; enlarge in size, number, strength, or extent; increase:

    His salary is augmented by a small inheritance. 

    S: add, boost, build up

    A: abridge, compress, condense
  18. Harbinger
    anything that foreshadows a future event; omen; sign:

    Frost is a harbinger of winter.

    S: omen, signal, sign

    A: (none found) 
  19. discursive
    passing aimlessly from one subject to another; digressive; rambling.

    Ultimately, the film is as flat as the discursive fiction on which it is based.

    S: digressive, erratic, long winded
  20. Derision
    ridicule; mockery:

    The inept performance elicited derision from the audience.

    S: Contempt, disdain, laughter

    A: admiration, approval, flattery
  21. transgressed
    to violate a law, command, moral code, etc.; offend; sin.

    to transgress the will of God.

    S: infringe, trespass, violate

    A: Behave, obey
  22. caviled
    to raise irritating and trivial objections; find fault with unnecessarily(usually followed by at or about):

    He finds something to cavil at in everything I say.

    S: carp, criticize, find fault

    A: N/A
  23. compassionate
    to show pity

    He was a compassionate being 

    S: humane, merciful, charitable

    A: cold, cruel, inhumane
  24. Avarice
    insatiable greed for riches; inordinate, miserly desire to gain and hoardwealth.

    Usually, politics is about the avarice of one person or group in conflict .

    S: greediness, stinginess, penny-pinching

    A: generosity, philanthropy  
  25. assay
    to examine or analyze:

    to assay a situation; to assay an event.

    S: estimation, inspection, examination

    A: ignorance, neglect
  26. hoary
    ancient or venerable:

    hoary myths

    S: antique, time-worn, age-old

    A: new
  27. habituated
    to accustom (a person, the mind, etc.), as to a particular situation:

    Wealth habituated him to luxury.

    S: accustomed, confirmed, lasting 

    A: indefinite, fleeting, transient
  28. apothecary
    pharmacy/ drugstore (especially in England/ London) 

    You find yourself in a turn-of-the-last-century town with a trolley and anapothecary and a barber shop.

    S: drugist, dispenser, gallipot

    A: N/A
  29. credulous
    willing to believe or trust too readily, especially without proper oradequate evidence; gullible.

    a credulous rumor.

    S: gullible, believing, born-yesterday

    A: suspecting, untrusting, suspicious 
  30. sanguine
    cheerfully optimistic, hopeful, or confident:

    a sanguine disposition; sanguine expectations.

    S: cheerful, confident, buoyant 

    A: depressed, down, gloomy
  31. haft
    a handle, especially of a knife, sword, or dagger.

    It is speculated that the point was broken during use then returned to camp where it was removed from the haft and discarded.

    S: tail, base, bottom 

    A: top
  32. equivocate
    to use ambiguous or unclear expressions, usually to avoid commit mentor in order to mislead; prevaricate or hedge:

    When asked directly for his position on disarmament, the candidate only equivocated.

    S: escape, dodge, lie

    A: to be honest, truth, encounter
  33. antiquity
    the quality of being ancient; ancientness:

    a bowl of great antiquity.

    S: antic, relic, ruin

    A: modernity, now, new
  34. porous
    full of pores, permeable by water

    Don't even try to close the holes in a country, and a society, designed to be porous.

    S: absorptive, penetrable, permeable

    A: impermeable 
  35. mead halls 
    "Norwegian drink" and " hall to drink mead" The Great Hall 
  36. largesse
    generous bestowal of gifts.

    Knight's largesse fits with the university's mission.

    S: donation, endowment, fund

    A: hindrance, hurt, injury
  37. recreant 
    cowardly or craven. unfaithful, disloyal, or traitorous.

    There was many a chase after recreant bats and veils yesterday.

    S: cowering, disloyal, timid

    A: Bold, brave, honest 
  38. malevolence
    the quality, state, or feeling of being malevolent; ill will; malice; hatred.

    The way the eyes are lit and something about the shape of the mask give an impression of unconcerned malevolence.

    S: evil, hatred, indignity

    A: kindness, love, like
  39. Prated
    to talk excessively and pointlessly, babble 

    They prated on until I was ready to scream

    S: boast, brag, chat

    A: modest, deprecate, quiet
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